Famous People with Epilepsy
Notable people throughout history have lived with epilepsy- politicians, kings, musicians, actors, athletes and more. Following is a list of people who it is thought have/had epilepsy.
Pop icon Prince struggled with epilepsy in childhood.
Died at 57 (1958-2016)
Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, + more
Lil Wayne revealed he has epilepsy. He says he doesn't know what it feels like to have a seizure because he blacks out.
Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Rapper, Entrepreneur, + more
Elton John struggles with epilepsy. It is thought his epilepsy was induced by his years of drug use.
Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
Danny Glover has epilepsy and regularly had seizures for a 20 year period.
Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great had epilepsy. At the time is was diagnosed as the "sacred disease."
Died at 33 (355 BC-322 BC)
Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz has epilepsy and even experienced a grand mal seizure.
Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Rapper, + more
The "Matrix" star Hugo Weaving was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 13. He doesn't drive a car because of his high risk of seizure.
Profession: Actor, Voice acting
Musician Neil Young was diagnosed with epilepsy in his childhood.
Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
Evanescence singer Amy Lee has epilepsy and regularly advocates for awareness of the disorder.
Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Singer, + more
26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt struggled with epilepsy.
Died at 61 (1858-1919)
Profession: Statesman, Politician, Police officer, Historian, Polymath, + more
Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has mild epilepsy.
Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
Many books suggest Napoleon Bonaparte suffered from epilepsy throughout his life.
Died at 52 (1769-1821)
Profession: Politician, Military Officer
Writer Lewis Carroll used his epilepsy to inspire several of the effects Alice felt in his classic book "Alice in Wonderland."
Died at 66 (1832-1898)
Profession: Mathematician, Novelist, Author, Writer, Cleric, + more
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe suffered from seizures. Historians differ their opinions on whether the seizures were caused by epilepsy or by alcohol withdrawal.
Died at 40 (1809-1849)
Profession: Magazine editor, Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Author, + more
It is thought Julius Caesar had epilepsy because he had seizures on at least four occasions.
Died at 56 (99 BC-43 BC)
Profession: Politician, Author
Harriet Tubman suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy as a result of an injury.
Profession: Activist, Writer
Florence Griffith Joyner
Olympian Florence Griffith-Joyner died in her sleep because of an epileptic seizure.
Died at 39 (1959-1998)
Profession: Actor, Track and field athlete
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" writer Truman Capote had epilepsy thought to be induced by drug and alcohol use.
Died at 60 (1924-1984)
Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Playwright
According to historians, Caligula suffered from epilepsy since childhood.
Died at 29 (12-41)
Profession: Roman emperor
Singing sensation Susan Boyle says she had a difficult childhood because of her epilepsy.
Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer, Artist
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh suffered from seizures doctors believed were cause by temporal lobe epilepsy.
Died at 37 (1853-1890)
Profession: Painter, Artist
Composer George Gershwin was diagnosed with epilepsy.
Died at 39 (1898-1937)
Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Composer
Actress Margaux Hemingway had from epilepsy from the age of seven.
Died at 42 (1954-1996)
Profession: Model, Actor
Korn front man Jonathan Davis believes his epilepsy was induced by years of drug use.
Profession: Singer, Songwriter
Many researchers believe Socrates had temporal lobe epilepsy.
Many historians believe Michelangelo had from epilepsy.
Died at 89 (1475-1564)
Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Poet, Architect, Artist, + more
Actor Richard Burton had epilepsy most of his adult life. He self medicated with alcohol.
Died at 59 (1925-1984)
Charles Dickens was believed to have epilepsy.
Died at 58 (1812-1870)
Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer, Playwright
Bud Abbott had epilepsy. Occasionally he had seizures on stage and his comedy partner Lou Costello would carry him off.
Died at 79 (1895-1974)
Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Actor, Vaudeville Performer
James Madison was diagnosed with epilepsy.
Died at 85 (1751-1836)
Profession: Politician, Author, Lawyer
Supreme Court Justice John Roberts had several seizures and is believed to have epilepsy.
Profession: Judge, Politician, Musician, Author, Actor, + more
Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie suffers from epilepsy. He regularly campaigns to increase funding for the disorder.
Historians believe Gustave Flaubert suffered from epilepsy.
Died at 59 (1821-1880)
Profession: Novelist, Writer, Playwright
Dostoyevsky kept records of his seizures for the last twenty years of his life.
Died at 60 (1821-1881)
Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer, Engineer
Football star Tiki Barber suffered from seizures until age five.
Profession: American football player
Many epilepsy experts believe author Agatha Christie suffered from the disorder.
Died at 86 (1890-1976)
Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
Joy Division front man Ian Curtis suffered from crippling seizures. The disorder is thought to be one of the reasons Curtis took his own life.
Died at 24 (1956-1980)
Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer
Football star Alan Faneca was diagnosed at age 15.
Profession: American football player
Comic actor Rik Mayall was diagnosed after severe head injuries.
Died at 56 (1958-2014)
Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp has been battling two brain tumors that have left him with epilepsy.
Profession: Bassist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Actor, + more
Musician Jimmy Reed died of an epileptic seizure at age 51.
Died at 51 (1925-1976)
Actor Michael Wilding died from a head injury caused by an epileptic seizure.
Died at 67 (1912-1979)
Actor Pete Duel developed epilepsy after being in a car crash.
Died at 31 (1940-1971)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Historians believe composer Peter Tchaikovsky suffered from epilepsy.
Died at 53 (1840-1893)
Profession: Composer, Writer
Singer and film maker Richard Jobson was diagnosed with epilepsy.
Tony Coelho's experience with epilepsy drove him to be the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Baseball great Grover Cleveland Alexander had frequent seizures later in life.
Died at 63 (1887-1950)
Profession: Baseball player
Baseball player Greg Walker alarmed his teammates when he had a seizure during practice.
Profession: Baseball player, Coach
Baseball player Hal Lanier was diagnosed with epilepsy as an adult.
Profession: Manager, Baseball player
New Zealand musician Chris Know used his experience with epilepsy to inspire the album "Seizure."
Streets front man Mike Skinner has suffered from epilepsy since age seven.
Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Musician, Actor, Singer
First lady Ida McKinley became completely dependent on her husband after she developed epilepsy.
Source: ranker.com. Updated 8/17